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From the foregoing *sketch of the history of the Presbytery of Dublin, I think it must appear that, in cominon with the other Presbyterian Bodies in Ireland, they have, from their earliest origin, sustained an important place in society, as strenuous assertors of civil and religious liberty; more important, perhaps, and effectual, at various seasons, on account of their locality as being situated in the metropolis.-It was asserted by the illustrious Grattan, in the Irish Parliament, (and he was never contradicted,) that the “ PRESBYTERIAN RELIGION is The FATHER OF THE FREE CONSTITUTION OF ENGLAND.” But this remark needs not to be confined to the precincts of the British isles. Wherever the true spirit of Presbyterianism has been found, an impregnable bulwark has been opposed to the incursions of civil despotism, and the encroachments of ecclesiastical domination. T'he Presbyterians of this country ought to be well instructed in these things, and frequently reminded of them, in order that, amidst the various changes, political and religious, continually occurring around them, they may maintain their honourable post with dignity and firmness. In that ample security and protection which they enjoy under the benign government of the House of Hanover, and which demand the constant return of their grateful and affectionate loyalty, their liberties are defended from all fear of external invasion or infringement. It is only from their own courts that they now need apprehend any design of shackling their freedom. If such a design exist, they should be vigilant to watch its movements, and tresolute to oppose them. Exercising towards each other mutual forbearance in matters in which they may occasionally differ, they should be firm and united in supporting the distinguishing principles of religious liberty, in which they all are (or ought to be perfectly agreed, that they may transmit them unimpaired to future generations.
This sketch has swelled to a size far beyond what I had contemplated when it was first undertaken; and yet, I found it difficult to compress it even within its present bounds. I hope it may be the precursor to a more extended history of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, by some abler hand. Several Ministers in Ulster have, of late years, been turning their attention to this interesting subject, particularly my worthy friend, Rev. J. S. Reid of Carrickfergus. No person has devoted himself with more zeal, research, or success, than he, to obtain materials for this undertaking; and no person is better qualified to carry it into effect. I trust he will, at no very distant period, favour the public with the result of his labours.
+ It is exhilarating to find the spirit which animated the ejected Ministers 1726, revived in all its vigour in the able and upright men who are now supporting the same cause Ir the talents and honesty of such men as Messrs. Montgomery, Porter, Mitchel, M'Cance, Blakely, Alexander, Finlay, Davis, Nelson, &c. the genuine principles of the Presbyterian Church have found powerful, intrepid, and, I trust, successful advocates and guardians.